Thanks to a built-in fanbase, it seemed probable that Mayans M.C. would be a hit when it premiered on FX. The show is a spinoff of Sons of Anarchy, a Kurt Sutter series that regularly brought in good ratings numbers during its original run. Now, the numbers for the first episode of Mayans M.C. are official, and wouldn't you know it, the show is already hitting some impressive milestones over at FX and doing pretty solid numbers overall. In fact, so far over 6.8 million viewers have checked out the premiere.
In addition to the large number of total viewers--at least when compared to plenty of other cable to shows, according to the cable network, Mayans M.C. has already beat out the original Sons of Anarchy premiere in the ratings. That's somewhat to be expected, as the spinoff already has fans showing up who enjoyed the other motorcycle club-based series. Still, I'm sure Kurt Sutter, co-creator Elgin James and the rest of the cast are happy to hear people are still interested in this type of show. Beyond beating Sons by a whopping 64% in total viewers when comparing premieres, FX also says the show did well in Live+3 ratings, becoming the most-watched cable series premiere in the 18-24 and 25-54 demos.
In addition, the show has become the most-watched series premiere on FX since The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story hit the network in 2016. While that version of American Crime Story was a one-season premise, the good news for Mayans M.C. is that the series could theoretically go on and on and on for however many seasons and new storylines it wants to write--especially if it can maintain such high viewership numbers.
Along with the 6.8 million total viewers the new series has nabbed in the days since the show's initial release, in the demos, the new drama nabbed 1 million viewers in the coveted 18-34 advertising demo and also 2.8 million total viewers when expanding out to the 25-54 demo, which is also a number advertisers look at. So far, the series has kicked off with good numbers.
The real test will be whether the show will hold the attention of viewers moving forward. The premiere episode grabbed headlines thanks to including a Sons of Anarchy tie-in with a quick shot of Gemma, who even got a line in a scene. Although more tie-ins may happen, the show will need to foster its own identity and grow an audience due to its own characters and tone. Hopefully everyone will stick around for that ride. You can catch new episodes of Mayans M.C. on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET, only on FX. So if you have nothing else going tonight, be sure to look over the TV schedule.